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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi OS, a tiny computer module with a 16-core CPU, and a Quick Look clone for Windows

The developers of Raspberry Pi OS have released a new build that eliminates the default “pi” user account, which means that in the interest of security you’ll need to create a new account when setting up the operating system for Raspberry Pi computers. Meanwhile SolidRun has introduced a new system on a module that it […]

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Arduino Pro Portenta X8 is a tiny, Linux-ready single-board computer

Arduino is a company that’s best known for making small, programmable microcontroller boards. But the new Arduino Pro Portenta X8 is a full-fledged, Linux-friendly computer with a compact design. The board measures just 2.6″ x 1″ but features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, a USB-C port, WiFi and Bluetooth […]

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Lilbits: CutiePi Linux tablet, NXP i.MX 93 chips, Twitter Blue, and YouTube’s Dislike button

The CutiePi tablet with a built-in handle, a Raspberry Pi for brains, and Linux-based software is nearing release. Twitter is charging people willing to pay for an Undo Tweet button (and a few other perks). Google hopes YouTube might be a friendlier place if it hides the number of times the dislike button has been […]

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Geniatech XPI-iMX8MM is a Raspberry Pi clone with an NXP i.MX 8M Mini processor

Geniatech’s latest single-board computer is a credit card-sized PC with a 1.8 GHz NXP i.MX 8M Mini ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor and support for up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. If the Geniatech XPI-iMX8MM looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically a Raspberry Pi clone, with the same dimensions, a similar set […]

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NXP teases next-gen i.MX 9 chips with integrated neural processing unit

Chip maker NXP unveiled a few new members of its i.MX 8 family this week, with the new i.MX 8ULP designed for ultra low power applications, while the i.MX 8ULP-CS is designed for use with Microsoft’s Azure Sphere cloud security. But the company is also starting to talk about next-gen NXP i.MX 9 series processors, […]

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SolidRun CuBox-M is a 2 inch i.MX8M mini PC with Android and Linux support

SolidRun’s new CuBox-M is a tiny computer stuffed into a cube-shaped box that measures 2″ x 2″ x 2″. The little is powered by either a dual-core or quad-core NXP i.MX8M ARM Cortex-A53 processor, features support for AI, machine learning, and natural language processing, and support for Android or Linux. The CuBox-M has a starting price […]

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SolidRun launches i.MX 8M Plus system on a module for $75 and up

SolidRun is launching a new line of tiny computers powered by NXP’s i.MX 8M Plus processors featuring ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores, a neural processing accelerator, Vivante GC7000UL graphics, and an ARM Cortex-M7 real-time controller.. The new SolidRun i.MX 8M Plus Computer on Modules will be available in dual core and quad core versions, with prices starting […]

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MaaxBoard Mini is an i.MX8M powered single-board PC

NXP’s i.MX8M line of processors are popular with open source hardware makers thanks to NXP’s ample documentation for these ARM-based chips. While they’re not as powerful as the latest processors from Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, or Apple, they’ve shown up in devices like Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone and single-board computers like the PICO-PI-IMX8M. Now there’s […]

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PICO-PI-IMX8M is like a Raspberry Pi with the heart of Purism’s Librem 5 smartphone

There’s no shortage of Raspberry Pi lookalikes these days. But the PICO-PI-IMX8M stands out as one of the only models I’m aware of to feature an NXP I.MX8M Quad processor. One of the things I find interesting about that chip is that it’s the same ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor Purism is using for the Librem […]

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Necunos NC_1 is an expensive, open source phone-shaped… thing

The Necunos NC_1 looks like a typical smartphone. But instead of Android or iOS it’s designed to run GNU/Linux-based software. And… it doesn’t have a cellular modem or SIM card slot. So basically it’s a phone-shaped Linux tablet. Or something. Whatever it is, it’s up for pre-order starting today and it’s scheduled to start shipping […]